My best friend in the whole wide world is visiting me this week and I’m super excited. We have a camping trip planned to check out Salt Spring Island and I’m really stoked. As a result we need easy no fuss breakfast solutions. What better camping breakfast food (and anytime breakfast food) than granola?
Why I love granola:
- It pack easily
- Keeps well in an airtight container
- It is nutritiously dense
- The ingredients are really flexible
- Its easy to make
- Can be eaten as a snack as well as for breakfast
- It taste freaking amazing
If you’re still eating sugary store bought cereal for breakfast, you might want to consider this nutritiously dense option. It’s easy to make, it very flexible and is almost completely foolproof. So if you are new to whole foods, starting with breakfast might be a really easy place to begin. If you can set yourself off with a few go to breakfasts that are fast, easy and made with whole foods, you’ve already gotten off on the right foot. Bonus.
We have our traditional granola recipe that we did here. If you’re looking for a basic recipe that can be made with just about any nut, seed or dried fruit and uses rolled oats, this is the one we’ve been using for years.
If you’re ready for a little variety, but with the same flexibility you might want to try your hand out on this Quinoa Buckwheat Granola.
If you’d like to try this recipe but don’t have quinoa flakes or buckwheat groats, simply substitute 4 cups rolled oats.
Quinoa Buckwheat Granola
- 3 cups quinoa flakes
- 1 cup buckwheat groats
- 2 tbsp each ground flax, chia seeds and sesame seeds (optional)
- 1/2 cup each pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, chopped almonds and chopped hazelnuts (or any combination of what you have on hand)
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 olive oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix the oil, honey and vanilla together. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until the flakes and groats are well coated. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 baking tray. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
If you’d like to add dried fruit, you can do so at the end. I chose to add 1 cup of coconut flakes at the end. I love the crisp white curls in this otherwise monochromatic granola.
If you want to learn how to make this recipe using traditional food methods, go see Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS for her awesome ecourse on how to traditionally prepare grains.
Keep It Real Thursday
Welcome to Keep It Real Thursday!
1. Introduce yourself, your blog, and what you’re about in the comment section and a small blurb about what you’re sharing. This way people can get to know you a little bit right off the hop and hopefully follow you as well.
2. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post. Simple linky etiquette. This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.
3. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour, margarine or white and brown sugar.
4. Less of a rule but more a suggestion: Retweet, Stumble, or Pin this post so EVERYONE gets more exposure and traffic. It’s win-win for everyone.
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Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!
I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.